Law schools

Law Schools Fight Proposed Limit on Judges' Travel

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The "good government" movement in Washington has taken aim at fat-cat lobbyists, free spending campaign donors, and earmark producing lawmakers. Its latest target: judge-inviting law schools?

Joining the Law School Rankings Game

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A law journal plans "Deadwood Report" to test whether schools live up to boasts about having faculties that excel in teaching, research and service.

Overhauling Law School's Third Year

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"We wouldn't dream of training doctors only from a book." In many ways, that quote from the dean of the law school at Washington and Lee University sums up a dramatic curricular change announced this week -- in which the law school is adding the equivalent at the very least of dissections, if not of medical residencies. The law school is completely replacing all academic courses in the third year of its program with "experiential" courses in which students will perform work equivalent to that done by lawyers.

Hey, You! Pay Attention!

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U. of Chicago law school blocks Internet access in classrooms -- and many students are outraged.

A Professor Sues His Students

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Does this litigation protect faculty members from unfair accusations -- or potentially threaten academic freedom?

An American Law School in China

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An international faculty will offer a curriculum for a U.S.-style J.D. at Peking University.

Stanford Law Drops Letter Grades

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Citing benefits to learning environment, faculty vote to adopt a system similar to those at Yale and Berkeley law schools. Is Harvard next?

An Elite Law Degree -- in 2 Years

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New Northwestern option comes amid interest in substantial shifts in the models of legal education. Dayton, pioneer in a compressed program, sees encouraging results.

Diversity Meets Data at George Mason Law

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Statistics reveal a vastly greater academic failure rate among African-American versus other students, raising questions about ABA diversity standards and the effectiveness of outreach programs.

Attacking the 'Mismatch' Critique of Affirmative Action

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One of the more influential and controversial studies of affirmative action in recent years came from Richard H. Sander in 2004. The law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles analyzed statistics about black law students and argued that they show that affirmative action hurts them by helping many gain admission to institutions where they are unlikely to be top students.

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